Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Area 88 - Original OVA Series|
Actors: Kaneto Shiozawa, Brian Brite, Jack Cardwell, Shigeru Chiba, Toshio Furukawa
Director: Hisayuki Toriumi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Anime & Manga, Military & War, Animation
Japanese ace Shin Kazuma was staring at cozy future at Yamato Airlines, where he was dating the president?s daughter. Instead, he?s tricked into signing on as a mercenary and now must serve a three year hitch or raise $1.... more »
Rod Allison | Detroit | 02/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an outstaning movie. A young pilot is romantically involved with the daughter of an airlines owner. His greedy and jealous "freind" tricks him into signing up as a mercenary fighter pilot for a middle eastern country involved in a civil war. He can't get out of the contract, punishable by death, until he registers enough kills in battle. He proves to be a highly skilled pilot, but he can't stand all the death and destruction he inflicts.The battle sequences are awesome. The young pilot bonds with fellow mercenary pilots, who come from all over the world, and there is strong character development. There is a particularly poignant story involving a Russian mercenary who is afraid of the dark.Any anime fan would enjoy Area 88. For those who prefer more realistic anime - that is without the supernatural, indestructable monsters, or way out fututistic themes - this should be at the top of the recommendation list."
Passionate and realistic
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Area 88 is a excellent film, showing the power of war, the pain and the results of how a young man is ripped from the normalacy of life, and dropped into a war zone. It shows how the guilt and pain of causing death eventually becomes normal life, how it is a dog eat dog world and if he wants to survive to go home he must become top dog, no matter what the costs"
Old School Anime At Its Best
C. Chow | Leesburg VA | 10/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like old school anime or just good anime in general BUY THIS NOW!!!
After seeing the `New Area 88' of 2005 I expected the original `Area 88' would be just as good. But I was completely blown away. `Area 88' takes its place as one of the best anime series of all time.
The Plot: A Japanese commercial pilot Shin (Chris Patton) has everything going for him. He's in love with Ryoko, the daughter of his airline's rich president whom approves of their relationship. However he is betrayed by his best friend whom gets him drunk and signs him up for three years of service as a mercenary fighter pilot.
Shin's world is turned upside down as he is transferred to the infamous desert air base Area 88 where pilots are assigned the most impossible missions. Pilots last three missions not three years. Isolated from the rest of the world, Shin befriends the entire base hoping his leadership will lead his comrades to victory and survival. Meanwhile Ryoko struggles to find what became of her lost love.
For some reason there's been a recent backlash against old school anime. "The animation sucks." That's akin to saying `Citizen Kane' sucks because it's black and white. I happen to like old school animation because it takes you back to classic war series like `Robotech', `Gundam', and `Votoms'. `Area 88' certainly deserves to be placed in the same class as them.
What really makes `Area 88' work is its nonstop action.
If you liked or disliked the `New Area 88' you'll still enjoy the original. Although they still have the same general story there are major differences. Mainly the nonstop action. There are far more and better battles sequences. The other major difference is the shift in characters. `Area 88' is NOT burdened with annoying tokens like a child, a female, and an old timer like the new series was. The main character is Shin as we want it, NOT the wimpy war photographer.
A side note of trivia I noticed: The title Area 88 may embody a militarist theme. The phrase "88" is a mnemonic code for "Heil Hitler," H being the eighth letter in the alphabet. The date printed on Shin's enlistment document is "April 20," Hitler's birthday.
Area 88 OVA is a Masterpiece
Peter Tilton | New York, USA | 07/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This anime is called Area 88 and is a 3 part anime (4 hours long). It was made in 1985 and is one of the best anime to be released outside Japan. It's one of the deepest and most emotionally moving anime to ever grace our shores. It has everything from action to drama to romance.
Apart from geting all 3 episodes on dvd for the first time. The best part of this dvd is the fact that video been remastered and looks simply stunning compared to the old dvd and vhs release by Central Park Media.
ADV have also translated all the songs and left the credits untouched for all those purists who hate when companies edit things. ADV have also provided a new english dub by the same voice actors that did the tv series.
As if to charm us more, ADV have also given us all the original Japanese extras including an interview with the original manga artist and a documentary featuring all the fighter jets featured in this anime.
Conclusion - This dvd is simply a must buy for any anime fan. This is up there with classics such as Gunbuster, Akira and Wings of Honneamise. They really don't make them like these anymore."